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A look at how technologies from AR/VR, brain-computer interfaces, and chip implants to health trackers, biometrics and social media are changing the most basic aspects of human life—work, friendship, love, aging, sickness, parenting, learning, and building community.

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WeChat is running a natural experiment in human generosity

Altruism is a puzzle for behavioral biologists. Now the largest-ever study of pay-it-forward reciprocity is throwing new light on the phenomenon.

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Machine learning has been used to automatically translate long-lost languages

Some languages that have never been deciphered could be the next ones to get the machine translation treatment.

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Why Avengers: Infinity War was so successful—according to ... ecology

Mathematical tools developed to analyze interactions in natural ecosystems help explain which films in the Marvel Universe make the most money.

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Brain signals can reveal how “awake” a fly’s brain is

A new test for measuring awareness in fruit flies could change the way neuroscientists think about and measure consciousness.

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